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How A Community Unites To Secure Fair Meat

Summer on the Central Coast looked very different this year as our community canceled many iconic events and gatherings, including the California Mid State Fair. In years past, we enjoyed a wonderful relationship with this annual event as meat donated from the Fair’s livestock auction provided 30-40% of our annual meat protein for clients throughout… Read more »

Breakfast Bags: The Most Nutritious Surprise Bag for Kids

Have you heard about our Summer Breakfast Bag Program yet? These bags contain healthy breakfast items like peanut butter, oatmeal and cereals, are meant for children of all ages and fill the hunger gap when school meals are not available during the summer. This year, the breakfast bags have become especially essential: When schools were… Read more »

Mental Health Nutrition

Are you feeling more anxious, stressed or depressed recently? Do you find yourself reaching for comfort foods just to ease some of the tension you feel? While comfort foods provide a coping mechanism for many, they can also increase rather than alleviate some of your anxiety and depressive emotions. Truth is, what you eat can… Read more »

Serving Our Community

 On March 13, when the shelter-at-home order went into effect, everybody’s daily life changed drastically. But for the employees of San Luis Obispo County, that day also marked the start of a journey most of them had never done before: to respond in times of need as disaster service workers. As set forth in… Read more »

Working Together To Feed SLO County

Based out of San Luis Obispo, California Food Trading, Inc. has over 35 years of experience selling beans, rice and other commodity food items. The SLO Food Bank works with their team to order bulk food items like oats, rice, beans, and canned items. During the COVID-19 health crisis that is also impacting the availability… Read more »

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

*In the time since these photographs were taken, all volunteers have received and are now wearing masks As part of our community partnership, we have always been working closely with our nonprofit agency partners to relieve hunger in SLO County. During the COVID-19 health crisis, we are now providing more than twice as much food… Read more »

Feeding People in the Northernmost Corner of SLO County

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County (SLO Food Bank) is the only countywide source of nutritious food for people in need, providing services from San Miguel to Nipomo and every community in between. Five times per month, a loaded SLO Food Bank truck makes its long trek to San Miguel to supply… Read more »

A Life Filled With Love, Animals And Unforeseen Circumstances

Food insecurity can hit people from all different walks of life. It often only takes one unforeseen incident to throw our well established rhythm off its course and into a downward spiral. That’s when the support from family and friends but also from the community a person lives in can make all the difference. Our… Read more »

Preventing Food Waste At Home

By now, most people have heard the staggering statistic that one third of food produced in the United States is wasted1. Food waste can occur at any point in the food production process from harvest to preparation by the consumer. While you may not have much impact on food waste during food production, you have… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Allen

On the fourth Thursday of every month, Bonnie Allen picks up food from the Del Mar Elementary food distribution and delivers it to neighbors who are unable to attend. Bonnie is so dedicated to helping others, not even a hip replacement surgery could stop her from picking up food. Nowadays, she stops at the distribution… Read more »